Drove the 23 runabout to breakfast this morning,(about a mile) and found her running a bit poorly. A few minutes of kicking tires while waiting for the rest of the group I thought I should see if she would start up again and sure enough, she wouldn't. I had just pulled an old New Day off the in case shelf so I went to that first and the cover seemed ok but the brush seemed to be hanging up. Upon removing and disassembling the rotor I found the spring that keeps pressure on the brush to be broken. In a rare moment of brilliance I thought of a ball pen spring and indeed it was just the ticket. After putting it all back together she fired right up and I was able to hold my head up again after having been razzed by the Model A guys. It sure was a good feeling to analyze and successfully handle a roadside break down with just a few basic tools and a spring from a ball pen. So I had to pat myself on the back and tell somebody!
Thanks Mark. After having spent countless hours looking for an electrical issue recently I sorely needed a shot of redemption!
Those ball point pen springs can come in handy! More than a few AC service techs have used them in electrical contactors in AC equipment.